O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Area Ambulance Services Grapple with Critical Personnel Shortages


January 17, 2019

Representatives from Primghar attended a city council meeting in Archer on January 3, 2019. Loretta Edwards (2nd from left) and Susan Smith represented the ambulance service. Kevin Smith and Mayor Kurt Edwards represented the council. Paullina City Clerk Sandy Fritz is in the extreme left.

It was June 2018 when Tom and Glenna Farnsworth retired from the Archer Ambulance. There were no volunteers in their wake to carry on the service. The loss forced the coming closure of the Ambulance Service. That service is due to disband in February 28, 2019.

In the interim, area services from Primghar, Sanborn and Sheldon have been called on to respond in accordance with a contingency map drawn by the O'Brien County EMS board back in the 2011. The contingency responses were drawn for times when a local ambulance service was unable to respond or in a disaster situation.

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